During the game, the Storm Foundation presented a $20,000 check to the Swedish Cancer Institute's Patient Assistance Fund.
On July 17, the WNBA's Seattle Storm hosted the seventh annual Storm Out Cancer Night presented by Swedish. At this year's event, the Storm hosted the Indiana Fever for one last game this season at Seattle's Climate Pledge Arena. As part of the initiative, the Storm Foundation presented a $20,000 check to the Swedish Cancer Institute’s Patient Assistance Fund during the game.
“We are once again so proud to join forces with Swedish to raise awareness about the importance of early cancer screening and prevention. The work they have done in our community has saved thousands of lives and that is something that we hold in high regards,” said Alisha Valavanis, Storm President and CEO. “We are also very grateful for the continuous generosity of our owners Lisa Brummel, Ginny Gilder and Dawn Trudeau who keep the tradition of contributing to the Swedish Cancer Institute through the Storm Foundation alive.”
The Swedish Cancer Institute’s Patient Assistance Fund provides patients and their families with financial support towards an array of items and services including utility bills, rent and mortgage assistance, wheelchairs and walkers, and skilled nursing and home care.
Dr. Guy Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of Providence Swedish, received the $20,000 check alongside his colleagues Dr. Steven Stanos, Executive Medical Director of Rehabilitation and Performance Medicine, and Dr. Michaela Tsai, Medical Director of the Breast Cancer Program. In addition, representatives from the Swedish Cancer Institute joined the event for a giveaway of stadium bags to the first 3,000 fans. Swedish caregivers also handed out flyers to educate and encourage fans on early cancer screening.
“We’re honored to present “Storm Out Cancer” this year with our incredible partner, the Seattle Storm,” said Dr. Tsai, medical oncologist and hematologist with Providence Swedish Cancer Institute. “The time has never been more urgent to talk about the importance of cancer screening and early detection. It is safe to come back to the hospital and clinics, and to get back to preventative care.”